Couple arrested on money laundering charges with 2-year-old son in vehicle
Jan. 27, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a husband and wife on suspicion of felony money laundering about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Troopers pulled over a 2006 Ford Expedition that was southbound on U.S. Highway 77 just south of Fleming Prairie Road for following too closely and a car safety seat violation, said DPS spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant.
The McAllen couple - Ricardo Cantu Jr., 32, and Evelia Marquez-Cantu, 33 - had their 2-year-old son with them, Bryant said.
After noticing signs of criminal activity, troopers gained consent to search the vehicle. The suspects and troopers were en route to conduct the search in a safe location, when the couple threw two bundles out the window, Bryant said.
Those bundles and a bundle found in the vehicle's center console contained cash totaling $29,840 that was wrapped in rubber bands and in a food saver bag, Bryant said.
The couple, who was traveling from Houston to McAllen, was taken to the Victoria County Jail.
Their son was released to Child Protective Services, Bryant said.